Ive just about completed a film that I'm going to submit to some film festivals. The final two shots are time lapse shots with a dissolve between them. The second to last shot is of a sunset which naturally fades to black because of the decreasing light levels. The very last shot is a time lapse of stars rotating over the crest of a hill. Playing this sequence back on my pc, I'm happy with the timing in the editing. The stars start to appear after a very brief period of blackness. However, playing it back on a tv this afternoon, the timing seems quite different. The period of blackness between the sunset and the stars appears noticeably longer. And it's not a slight difference. It's actually too long for my liking and looks a bit clumsy.
I'm puzzled about what's causing this difference. And by the way, it is exactly the same file that was played on both display devices. My computer monitor is not properly calibrated - I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it. My query is - if my film is selected for screening at festivals, are people going to see the brief period of blackness between these two shots that I carefully adjusted on the timeline in my NLE or are they going to see the awkwardly long blackness that I see when I play back the file on the tv in my living room? I guess no one can really say with any certainty at this point in time.